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Best Dry Red Wines to Pair with Steak

Anybody with an upscale palate and affinity for red meat should try the best dry red wines to pair with steak.

By Greg BogartPublished 5 years ago 5 min read
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There is arguably no better beverage to pair with your steak than a full-bodied, dry, red wine. Whether you're a fan of the classic sirloin, a hearty ribeye, or the terrifically tender texture of a filet mignon, there is no doubt that pairing a strong red wine with your favorite cut can make for a pretty exquisite meal.

Having said that, there are plenty of different directions you can go when pairing wines. Let's just say the endeavor is not so cut and dry.

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Luckily, you have me, a self-proclaimed steak and wine aficionado, to help you make some real executive decisions.

So unless you want your get together to turn out like Michael Scott's did in the classic The Office episode "Dinner Party," I'd suggest you take some notes on these dry red wines to pair with steak.

Any true wine connoisseur will tell you that Cabernet Sauvignon is the ultimate wine to pair with a steak. Particularly, because it's typically full-bodied in nature, and contains an influx of big, bold flavor. Bota Box makes a great Cab Sauvignon that offers aroma of both cherry and red currant. I'd suggest pairing it with a porterhouse cut. Because after you cut through the fat of a nice juicy porterhouse, a refreshing glass of Cab is certainly a nice reward.

Zinfandel is another great choice for steak and wine lovers everywhere. California Zinfandel, in particular, especially goes well with a premium cut of steak. One of my favorite brands is the OZV Old vine Zinfandel. Where does it get its name, you ask? Well, the grapes that it's made out of are grown on 50 to 100 year old vines. So, in a sense, it's aged before it's even turned to wine!

I'd personally suggest pairing this with a ribeye cut. The earthy spice goes well with an on-the-bone steak.

Malbec is another type of red wine that goes well with a hearty steak. Alamos Malbec is one of my favorites, as the Argentine wine contains a dry, yet sweet taste, thanks to the dark cherry and blackberry flavors. In terms of steak cut, I'd go with a filet mignon, as the floral characteristics of the wine tend to go well a tender cut. If you still like a little sweetness in your dry wines, this one is perfect.

This is perhaps one of my favorite wines on this entire list—the Vistamar Cabernet Syrah Gran Reserva. This particular wine, originated in Maipo Valley, Chile, combines bold red fruit with a hint of chocolate. This cabernet also goes well with an on-the-bone grilled steaks like a ribeye or porterhouse. If you're not into eating to the bone, a simple sirloin might do the trick. It's easily one of the most delicious dry red wines to pair with steak.

A general rule of thumb when pairing wines with steaks—leaner cuts, like prime rib, should go with a darker red wine with high tannin levels, and vice versa. If you are planning on going with a slice of lean red meat, you might want to try Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret. The signature red wine is darker in nature, as it's layered with flavors of cassis, roasted espresso, and blackberry. Keep in mind, however, it is all contingent on how you order your steak, so if you like it medium-well to well-done, you might want to go with something a bit lighter.

The Beringer California Collection Cabernet is a bit more subtle than the last couple of wines I mentioned. With a sweet scent of vanilla and blackberry, this medium-bodied wine contains a strange, yet enticing combination of tartness and fruitiness. Beringer is a staple in the wine industry, and relatively inexpensive, so if you're looking for a good bang-for-your-buck wine, look no further.

Pinot Noir is a staple of steak and wine pairings, but if I'd have to choose one, I'd have to go with this Dark Horse Pinot Noir. The wine itself is sourced from high-end vineyard in California's Central Coast, which gives it a rich, smooth flavor. This might not be the "driest" wine out there, but that's ok—it still goes great with a filet mignon.

So I went with a cheaper Cabernet Sauvignon earlier, but considering this is THE premier wine to pair with your favorite cuts of beef, I decided to go a little expensive with this one. Caymus' Cab Sauvignon is pricey—around $280 a bottle—but it's worth every penny if you're a real wine connoisseur. It's a fairly balanced wine, with a rich and complex variety of flavors. For texture snobs, its finely grained cacao tannins make for an interesting blend. Obviously, like most, I prefer my wine room temperature, but for those who enjoy chilling red wine, you might want to go with something a little cheaper.

This Merlot is quite the contrast to the other wines on this list. It's not particularly dry, but in terms of taste, you can't go wrong. A combination of blueberry jam, currant, and plum with a vanilla oak finish, Barefoot's Merlot goes great with any cut of beef—especially with my personal favorite, the New York Strip. When it comes to big reds and getting a nice big bottle of your favorite red, Barefoot has got your back. They have some giant bottles if you're looking for another affordable yet delicious option.

I couldn't resist adding one final Cabernet Sauvignon red wine to the list. Yellow tail makes a great, inexpensive cab that is my go-to when I can't think of anything fancy to buy. Originating in Australia—one of the more underrated locations for winerys—the Yellow Tail Cab Sauvignon goes down extraordinarily smooth, and easily one of the best dry red wines to pair with steak. If you're more of a fan of lamb, this also goes great with that, but that's a story for another time.

So, make sure to try these bold red wines with your favorite cut of steak. And if they asked who gave you such a delightful recommendation, tell them my good pal Tortorello and me sent you!

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Greg Bogart

I don’t know what to put here lol. I love writing and I love content creation, and I finally found the right spot to do it!!

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